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A new partnership aims to develop analytics and benchmarking services for institutional development using the web-based StrategyMetrics platform, co-developed by Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM and international consultancy XOLAS have concluded a partnership to enable business schools and universities worldwide to master their improvement and development challenges using open data.

Under the partnership, XOLAS will integrate the StrategyMetrics benchmarking analysis tool into its services, allowing business schools around the world to develop customised services, using rankings and public data, to clarify their strengths and weaknesses as well as their competitive positioning trajectory.

“As a leading business school, RSM considers it a privilege and a responsibility to contribute to the development of the sector as a whole. We are proud to be partnering with XOLAS in making the StrategyMetrics benchmarking tool available to institutions around the world,” said RSM’s Dean Ansgar Richter.

Customised analytics service

The analysis tool, together with consulting services provided by XOLAS, will allow business schools to take an evidence-based approach to gain a more nuanced understanding of their comparative performance relative to peer institutions on a national and international level as well as in comparison to business schools reflecting their medium- to longer-term strategic ambitions. Using an open-science approach, the RSM-XOLAS service will build customised analytics services that will allow schools to receive a more accurate assessment of how change management processes can improve institutional, programme, faculty, research or student development.

“StrategyMetrics is a unique change management tool, guiding the strategic development of business schools and universities through data-driven benchmarking. We are excited to start this partnership with RSM to advance higher education globally,” Prof. Mathias Falkenstein, founding partner and managing director at XOLAS.

XOLAS is an innovative consultancy network, supporting business schools and universities to achieve their strategic ambitions while contributing to the common good. We provide advisory services informed by advanced data analytics to support our clients rationalizing their development plans and performance targets. XOLAS believes in the role of organizational agility and resilience as drivers of institutional success. Continuous management improvement and innovation are therefore part of XOLAS’ core mission and a priority when joining forces with the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus Univeristy.

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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top-ranked business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers.

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